Tuesday, May 12, 2015

But Wait, There's More

New Officer, Diversity, Endorsements and More...



We have a couple seats left at the Dems for Equality table at this month's Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast.


On Thursday, May 21st, we have an opportunity to honor Harvey Milk for all he did to advance the LGBT community in a way I think he would have liked - by coming together over a meal to raise funds so the San Diego LGBT Community Center can continue his work. The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel at 7:30 AM on Thursday, May 21st. Over 1,000 people will be treated to an entertaining and inspiring program in addition to the most important meal of the day. You can join the San Diego Democrats for Equality table by clicking on the link below.  

Our May Dems for Equality meeting will be busy

We're looking for a Vice President for Political Action. Our current VP is stepping down to avoid the appearance of a conflict as Georgette pursues her campaign to become the next City Council member for District 9 and the Club begins its endorsement process for the 2016 election. If you are interested in taking over Georgette's unexpired term, please plan on standing for the office on May 28th. Although we are interested in promoting gender diversity in the Club's Board, the office is open to anyone who is a member of Democrats for Equality and has been a member in good standing for at least 90 days (since February 28th). If you have questions, would like more information, or just want to let us know you're interested in being elected, let us know HERE.

We'll also be talking about the "T" in "LGBT". Connor Maddocks, the Center's Project Trans Coordinator will be on hand to discuss recent advances in transgender equality as well as the challenges we still have to overcome. It's no longer enough to just use the correct pronouns when talking with - or about - another on the gender spectrum and the days of throwing the transgender community under the bus in a ill conceived attempt at lesbian/gay advancement are over. Come in and learn/teach how best to advance equality for all. 


The Club meeting will be held at Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center 3900 Vermont St in Hillcrest (Click here for Club calendar/map). Social begins at 6:30 PM, Meeting begins at 7.

June Endorsement Meeting


Yes, you heard that right. We're starting the 2016 Club endorsement process in June 2015.

At the local level, the 2016 elections are shaping up to be difficult. Even heavily contested Presidential races seldom stay hot through the California and it also appears no significant contest for US Senate will bring out Democratic voters for the June Primary. San Diego City/County both have a process that allows a candidate who receives 50%+1 vote in the Primary, regardless of how paltry the voter turnout is.


Dems for Equality will begin endorsing in races where we can make a difference - where Democrats, rather than Republicans, are the likely Primary election majority. If we deal with these races now, we can concentrate on the more competitive races when they need it most. Specifically we will be considering endorsements in the San Diego City 3rd and 9th Council Districts as well as the 78th Assembly District and Presidential race.


To be able to vote on endorsement for any of these races, members must be in good standing (i.e. membership paid) at least 25 days prior to the endorsement meeting. The exception to this rule is that members whose membership has expired within the last 65 days prior to the meeting may pay their dues (either at, or before, the endorsement meeting) and be eligible to vote on whether, and who, we endorse at the June meeting.


Having your voice heard regarding candidate endorsements is one of the primary privileges of membership in San Diego Democrats for Equality. If you're not at the table, you're on the menu. Join, rejoin or renew and make sure you make a difference in 2016. You can join/renew online HERE.





Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
For six years we have participated in the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. It's a great opportunity to start your day with your fill of inspiration and purpose with a nice breakfast to keep you that way.

Join us as we join with other community groups, leaders and activists for the Seventh Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:30-9 am at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Blvd. Attended by more than 1,000 people, businesses, groups and organizations annually, this San Diego event is the largest Harvey Milk celebration in the state of California!

Thursday, May 21, 2015
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101


Get your ticket for the Dems for Equality sponsored table HERE.




Is it Time to Re-Up?


The Club depends on membership dues to keep the lights on and promote our candidates and issues to the community. A large number of community members depend on our Voters Guide to help them make an intelligent choice when marking their ballots so your membership renewal is critical to ensure those Guides get into those hands. If your membership has lapsed or if you know your membership is soon to expire, please re-up now. You might also consider upgrading your membership to a higher level.

We have begun a notification process to let you know when your membership is about to expire. It consists of an email message approximately one month prior to expiration followed by a letter to those who do not respond to the email. Email is cheaper than US mail so, please log on and renew when you get the notice.

Even so, there is a cost associated with our email communications too. If your membership has expired more than a year ago, you can expect a notice from us that we will be dropping you from our email list for this newsletter and other Club communications. Please don't let that happen. Your membership is important to us and we would like to count you amongst our fellow Club members committed to progressive government and LGBT equality. Please log on through the link below and renew you membership now.

Dems for Equality would like to welcome 
Deanneka Flores and 9th Council District candidate Ricardo Flores as new members of the Club. It's a pleasure to welcome back Brian Polejes who renewed at the Sustaining level. We'd also like to thank Pat Coffey, Sandra Gaudur, Jamie Quient and Jared Quient and welcome them back for another year.

You can find out more about the Club's membership levels and benefits online HERE. You can also renew with a credit card there.  If you would prefer to use a check, send the check, made out to Democrats for Equality to:


San Diego Democrats for Equality

PO Box 33050

San Diego CA 92163

(Please note that to comply with Federal and State election laws, please include your full address and your job title/employer with your check. Telephone number and email address would be nice too!)




Ashish T. Agrawal & Bryan H. Wildenthal 
Assembly SpeakerToni Atkins 
Laurie Black 
Susan Guinn & Denice Feldhaus
Eric Isaacson & Susan Weaver 
Chris Kehoe & Julie Warren
John McConnell & James Kinney 
Don Mullen
Dr. Bob Pedrick & Josť Guzman 
Craig Roberts 
Stephanie J. Swift


Thank you for your continuing support of San Diego Democrats for Equality.

Self Evident Truths
David Warmoth, President 
San Diego Democrats for Equality 
Defending LGBT Equality since 1975
Email: info@democratsforequality.org